Author: Edinburgh Royal Choral Union

Review: Messiah, Usher Hall, Jan 2017 – 4 stars

AMONG the more recent delights, for the seasoned attender, of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union’s annual New Year Messiah, is the delayed reaction of the Hogmanay tourists in the top tier of seats, unaware of the tradition of standing for the Hallelujah chorus, and not having invested in a programme, which includes the invitation to do so. This year’s performance contained many more musical bonuses as well, however, beginning with one of the finest editions of the scratch “Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra”: the oboes were Cath Earnshaw and Rosie Staniforth, by way of illustration. The musicians, conducted by chorusmaster Michael...

Christmas with the Choral

Join ERCU, Michael Bawtree and Morley Whitehead for ‘Christmas with the Choral’. We’ll also be announcing a very special guest soon! Tickets are £10/8 available from or on the door. Join us after the concert for coffee and mince pies where we’ll also be fundraising for our friends at Music in Hospitals.